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Madison County Championship Rodeo

These kitchens don't gleam with granite countertops because they weren't showplaces. They were workspaces, essential for the life of a home, an estate, a life-saving station, even a battleship. From

Rosemary and Goat Cheese Strata

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Historic Kitchens

These kitchens don’t gleam with granite countertops because they weren’t showplaces. They were workspaces, essential for the life of a home, an estate, a life-saving station, even a battleship. From the Whalehead Club in Corolla to the Thomas Wolfe Memorial house in Asheville, these kitchens represent a portrait of life in North Carolina when function was fundamental.

Behind the Scenes

Chicamacomico2Wheeler3Wheeler4Photographer Emily Chaplin found herself stepping back in time while documenting historic kitchens across the state. Click on the links below to plan your own visit.

Winkler Bakery (Old Salem)

Horne Creek Farm (Pinnacle)

Dr. Josephus Hall House (Salisbury)

President James K. Polk State Historic Site (Pineville)

Historic Rosedale (Charlotte)

Thomas Wolfe Memorial (Asheville)

Biltmore House (Asheville)

Gov. Zebulon Vance Birthplace State Historic Site (Weaverville)

Carl Sandburg Home (Flat Rock)

Bandon Kitchen – Iredell House (Edenton)

USS North Carolina (Wilmington)

Tryon Palace (New Bern)

Somerset Place (Creswell)

Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station (Rodanthe)

Whalehead (Corolla)

John Wheeler House (Murfreesboro)

Hope Plantation (Windsor)

Bennett Place (Durham)

Photo locations and credits (top to bottom):  Chicamacomico, James Charlet; Wheeler House, Victoria; Wheeler House, Victoria

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This story was published on Jan 14, 2014

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